The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Police/Courts

March 28, 2014

Case against doctor, clinic ‘gearing up’

Christopher J. Heavens, one of the attorneys representing five women suing Dr. John Pellegrini and the Hope Clinic, said the matter is “just gearing up.”

Heavens represents Cheryl Bragg, Kathy Keen, Elisha Riffe, Carista Click and Michelle Dalton, all who claim Pellegrini sexually assaulted and harassed them.

The cases were filed in late February in Kanawha County Circuit Court and Heavens said since these cases have been filed, other women have contacted his office.

“We’re basically at this point trying to identify all the interested parties in the claim,” Heavens said.

He described Hope Clinic as a fairly large operation, with several other corporate entities involved.

In the five suits already filed, both ERX Group and PMP Services are listed as co-defendants, but Heavens said additional corporate entities could be charged.

He said his office is working with defense counsel, as there are numerous plaintiffs, to possibly consolidate the cases.

“We want to handle these cases in the most efficient manner possible,” Heavens said, but when it comes to sexual harassment cases, he said every individual “has different damages in some respect.”

Although Pellegrini is being charged with the same claim from all the women involved (rubbing his erect penis on their bodies during their examinations), Heavens said “that affects everyone in a different way.”

Pellegrini is being represented by Don R. Sensabaugh, Amy L. Rothman and the Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso law firm. Rothman told The Register-Herald Wednesday she was consulting with her client for further comment at a later time.

Pellegrini filed an answer to one of the plaintiff’s claims on March 21, denying the “incident” ever happened and demands “strict proof” thereof. Responses to the other complaints have not yet been filed.

Co-defendants ERX Group and PMP Services have filed a cross claim against Pellegrini, stating that in September 2010, Hope Clinic sought PMP’s services to assist with physician scheduling needs.

The cross claim said Hope Clinic retained the rights to refuse the scheduling and/or staffing of any physician at its clinic and neither ERX or PMP ever employed Pellegrini and neither had control or supervision over him.

ERX and PMP deny the allegations that they were responsible for Pellegrini’s conduct while at Hope Clinic.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com

1
Text Only
Police/Courts
  • Starved Pennsylvania 7-year-old weighed only 25 pounds

    A 7-year-old Pennsylvania boy authorities described as being so underweight he looked like a human skeleton has been released from the hospital.

    July 22, 2014

  • Man pleads guilty in sexual abuse case

    In a complex plea hearing that involved a defendant pleading guilty to a three-count information, alleging one count of first-degree sexual abuse, and two counts of distributing obscene materials to minors, the court worked through the details of a plea that will expose Jonathan Edward Kirk to a possible 55-year prison term.

    July 22, 2014

  • Slayton inmate hurt in head-on collision

    A head-on collision in Nicholas County sent three Slayton Work Camp inmates to the hospital in Summersville Monday morning. A fourth inmate was flown to a Charleston hospital.

    July 22, 2014

  • Inmate on the run since May captured

    An inmate on the run since May was captured Sunday in Roanoke, Va., by an officer who observ-ed him riding a bicycle on a sidewalk with no tail light reflectors.

    July 22, 2014

  • Two in custody after allegedly beating Whitesville man

    Two men remained in Southern Regional Jail Monday morning after they allegedly beat up another man in his home in Whitesville. The West Virginia State Police would not release the name of the victim, who came to Raleigh General Hospital on his own.

    July 21, 2014

  • Impersonating an officer

    More details emerged Sunday from the Mercer County Sheriff Department’s investigation into a male subject who used a blue, bubble-style dash light to initiate a traffic stop of a female driver Friday night on Route 20 near Athens.

    July 21, 2014

  • Ronceverte police arrest three on drug charges

    Ronceverte Police arrested three people late last week in connection with alleged drug trafficking out of a Chestnut Street house.

    July 21, 2014

  • 2 killed, 2 injured in ATV wreck in Mingo County

    Police are investigating an all-terrain vehicle accident that killed two people and injured two others in Mingo County.

    July 20, 2014

  • tammy group Cold case: Sheriff’s office revives investigation into woman’s 1987 disappearance

    Like most mothers, Norma Hensdill of Piney View remembers the first time she saw her daughter.
    Hensdill’s due date was Oct. 15, 1962, which was her wedding anniversary. But the baby — a blue-eyed girl — was born Oct. 20, after an especially hard labor.

    July 20, 2014 3 Photos

  • Fayette County man is charged after dispute

    Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Rainelle man who allegedly fired at a vehicle during an argument with another man Friday.

    July 20, 2014

AP Video
Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment
Web Extra